Saturday, April 14, 2007

Peter Brotzmann, Marino Pliakas, & Michael Wertmuller at the Red Room

Last night, I went to see German free music saxophonist, Peter Brotzmann play at the Red Room inside Normal's Books. Accompanying him was Marino Pliakas on electric bass and Michael Wertmuller on drums.
Brotzmann was amazing- despite losing his reeds in his luggage, he sounded great on the saxophone- loud and quiet, noisy and melodic all together. I also loved hearing him humming as he played his instrument.
Wertmuller looked like Michael Madsen, and he was fantastic to hear in the drums, sometimes hitting so hard it sounded like a machine gun (one of my fav Brotzmann albums by the way). Pliakas looked like Richard E. Grant, and with no effects pedals, he was making all these crazy noises on his bass.

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